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Product Number: 55801G

Comfrey (Organic)

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Symphytum officinale

 

 

Widely cultivated for centuries as a medicinal herb, mainly used as a poultice for healing external wounds. It  is also an important crop for organic gardens. It can be cut and used as a mulch, made into compost tea, you can bury the leaves with other plants to act as instant compost or add it to your compost pile as an activator, helping heat it up plus it adds nitrogen. It has all the essential nutrients for plant growth. A large plant with deep green fuzzy type leaves and nodding purple flowers. Grows to 36-40”. 

20 seeds

 

 

PLANTING

Perennial, zone 4-8

Germination:  10-21 days

Seed Planting Depth: 1/4" deep   

Starting Indoors/Outdoors:   Comfrey seeds need to be cold treated, also known as stratification for optimum germination. Sow seed in a moisten soil-less growing medium, enclose in plastic bag or small container then place in refrigerator for a 20-60 days. Place in a warm area for germination, providing soil temperatures of 68-80 degrees F.  Transplant outside anytime after the last frost, 2-3 apart. Sow outdoors  after cold treating and when the soil is at least 68-70 degrees F.

Light  Needs:  Sun to some shade

Soil Needs:  Average, well drained

Uses:  Medicinal, ornamental, attracts bees and beneficals

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LM
07/17/2018
LORI M.
United States

Comfrey Seed Starting

Following the package directions, my comfrey seeds germinated and I have just recently transplanted them into their permanent location. I've read a lot about harvesting comfrey leaves to use as the high nitrogen additive for composting. I'm excited about the growth these little plants have already made and I know that the bees and hummingbirds will enjoy them too. Thank you for offering such a wonderful, multipurpose plant seed.

FM
05/07/2018
FRANK M.
United States

Comfrey

VERY good ALL the seeds came up and growing

K
04/02/2018
Kate
US

Patience is rewarded

This was my first try at growing comfrey from seed, and I can understand the frustration that many grower's have with this method of reproduction. But if you follow the directions, these will germinate and produce plants. Unusually, the seed is sown and THEN it's put it the fridge for a few weeks - I equate that as 3 weeks. The container is covered, and then left (still covered) to warm on a low heating pad. The actual arrival of the seeds is not quick even then - it took another 3 weeks + for seedlings to finally emerge. I practiced with only one seed per cell in a pony pack and for my 2nd try I am using 2 seeds per. These are fairly pricey seeds for me, and I didn't want to attempt them all at once until I was more secure that I could get some to sprout. I've got my 2nd batch in the fridge and the first pack is outdoors, hardening off. Remember to keep the pre-emergent seeds watered - I lost 3 due to drying out, while the other 3 were watered again and finally showed up above the soil. I think this is a cost-effective way to add more comfrey to the garden - just be patient and follow the instructions. I will probably be ordering another pack next year and germinate even more of these.

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